Rajasthan Cultural Tour
Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days
Places Covered: Delhi | Mandawa| Bikaner | Jaisalmer | Jodhpur | Kumbhalgarh| Ranakpur | Udaipur | Bundi | Ranthambhore
Day 01: Delhi – Mandawa/ 256 Km- 5 HRS
On arrival at Delhi, Namaste India Trip Representative will greet you and Drive to Mandawa in Rajasthan. Check in at a heritage hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Mandwa: In the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan lies the beautiful small town Mandawa, known throughout the state for its forts and Havelis. Mandawa is situated in the north Indian state of Rajasthan around 190 km from Jaipur, the capital of the state.
Day 02: Mandawa – Bikaner/ 193-4 HRS
Morning After breakfast drive to Bikaner. Check in at a hotel on arrival. Later visit local sightseeing. Overnight stay.
Tour the Junagarh Fort that was built by Raja Rai Singh; see the Lalgarh Palace that was constructed by Maharaja Ganga Singhji. The other attractions you may tour the Camel Breeding Farm, Karni Mata Temple etc. Stay overnight at the hotel in Bikaner.
BIKANER- If ever beauty has bloomed in a desert, it has been at Bikaner. Founded in 1488 AD by Rao Bika Ji, it’s located in North West part of Rajasthan state in INDIA. The imposing palaces, beautiful and richly sculptured temples of red and yellow sand stones display some of the finest creations of Rajput civilization. It’s lust for “dessert” or affection for “desert” that tickles every heart to visit Bikaner.
Day 03: Bikaner- Jaisalmer/ 329 KM- 5.5 HRS
Morning half Day visit fabulous Junagarh Fort & Lalgarh Palace and proceed for Jaisalmer. Visit Kheechan on the way, and reach Jaisalmer Check-in at hotel in Jaisalmer. Overnight stay at Jaisalmer.
Day 04: Jaisalmer –Local sightseeing
Visit Jaisalmer Fort & Museum after breakfast. Also see the Jain Temple. Take a walk through the back streets to the Patwon ki Haveli & Kothari Haveli. After lunch proceed to Kuldhera – an abandoned habitation, and then to Sam Sand Dunes. Here camp stay will be provided with folk dance and songs with Rajasthani Dinner.
Sam Sand Dunes:
Sam sand dunes are becoming the major attraction in Jaisalmer. This is the closest place from where you can lose yourself in ‘the Great Thar Desert’. Sam has a truly magnificent stretch of sweeping dunes, with sparse or no vegetation.
Day 05: Jaisalmer- Pokhran- Jodhpur/307 KM-6 HRS
Morning after breakfast transfer to Jodhpur, The Sun City. On the way to Jodhpur, you can have your lunch at Fort Pokaran which literally means the palace of five mirages. Enroute you can also visit Bishnoi Villages where people believe in conserving natural environment and animal hunting is banned there. You can spot numerous deer in Bishnoi Village. Arrive Jodhpur and get assisted check into the hotel. After taking some rest in the hotel we begin the city tour of Jodhpur which comprises of visit to the impressive Mehrangarh Fort – This magnificent fort was built in the 15th century and has seven gates which still witness marks of the battle fought by armies of Jodhpur to protect their people, Jaswant Thada – Looks like a temple, this white marble was constructed in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, last but not to miss is Umaid Bhawan Palace – This stunning palace which today also serves as the residence to the royal family and a part of it is transformed into a luxurious hotel. Evening is free to relax and overnight stay is in Jodhpur.
Day 06: Jodhpur- Kumbhalgarh/186 Km-4 Km
Today we drive from Jodhpur to Kumbalgarh…after arrival, we straightaway go to the hotel & check-in. in the evening at around 4, we go and visit the Majestic Kumbalgarh Fort. Claimed to be the largest fortification in the world only second to The Great Wall Of China. After a couple of hours at the fort we return back to our Hotel. Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Kumbhalgarh – Ranakpur- Udaipur/ 101 Km- 2 Hrs
renowned for their exquisite carved work in marble and a centre for Jain pilgrimage as well. On arrival at Udaipur, check into a hotel for overnight stay.
Day 08 : Udaipur
The city of lakes- Udaipur is a fascinating city to explore. With its intriguing blend of sights, sounds and experience- Udaipur is a tourist’s delight. Enjoy a boat ride on the placid waters of Lake Pichola and in the afternoon and visit the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Sahelion-Ki-Bari and Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum as well as the island palaces of Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day-9: Travel to Bundi via Chittaurgarh/273 KM-5 Hrs
Today transfer to Bundi (260 kms – 6 hrs). Bundi is a heritage town full of charming heritage monuments. Later take a heritage walk to explore the heritage character of the area. Visit Monuments such as Sukh Mahal (Small Palace) , Maharao Raja Bahadur Singh Museum (Part of Moti Mahal full of stuffed wildlife, royal portraits and royal weapons on display) Chitrasala (18th-century monument covered in beautiful paintings), Bundi Palace etc. Overnight stay at Bundi.
Day- 10: Bundi- Ranthambore/126 Km- 3 Hrs
Today we will move towards Ranthambore. On arrival Check-in and relax till evening. In the evening, venture out to Ranthambore National Park (Jungle Safari made available on direct payment basis and is subject to availability). Later, return to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 11: Ranthambore Local
Take an early morning jeep safari/canter ride to the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (on direct payment basis). Return to the hotel for breakfast. Visit the Ganesh temple inside the Ranthambore Fort. Take another ride into the thick forest area during early evening. Stay overnight at the hotel in Ranthambore.
Morning, leave for Agra. Enroute visit the abandoned Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, was the old capital of the Mughals, which was abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. Agra fort See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & other Palaces which are still preserved in its original glory. Continue drive to Agra. Arrive Agra and check-in at prebooked hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 12: Ranthambore – FATEHPUR SIKRI – AGRA
Morning, leave for Agra. Enroute visit the abandoned Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri: built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, was the old capital of the Mughals, which was abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. Agra fort See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & other Palaces which are still preserved in its original glory. Continue drive to Agra. Arrive Agra and check-in at prebooked hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
DAY 13: AGRA – DELHI/210 kms / 4-5 hours
after breakfast, city tour of Agra. Visit Red Fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions were made up until the time of his grandson, Shah Jahan. It contains the hall of public and private audiences amongst many other beautiful structures; Itmad-ud-daulah, which was constructed by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628 and is very similar to the tomb she constructed for her husband, Jehangir, near Lahore in Pakistan; the highlight of the day – The Taj Mahal, which was constructed by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj began in 1631 and was not completed until 1653.
Afternoon, leave for Delhi enroute visit Sikandra – Mughal Emperor Akbar’s Mausoleum. Continue drive to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and check-in at hotel. Overnight stay at Delhi.
DAY 14: Delhi City Tour
Today you are fully Free For shopping at Chandni Chawk, Lajpat Nagar and Karol Bagh. Overnight stay at Delhi.
Day 15: Delhi Departure
Today after breakfast, transfer to the airport/ Railway station for your onward destination.